Anonymous letter-writer threatens to burn down Long Island home for LGBT seniors
A planned housing development for LGBT senior citizens in Long Island is under threat before it has even been constructed.
According to NBC New York, the advocacy group behind the senior center has received hateful letters threatening violence against the proposed home and against the people planning it.
David Kilmnick, CEO of Long Island GLBT Network told NBC that his organization received copies of the angry missive at each of its two offices, one in Nassau and one in Suffolk.
The letter was unsigned, laced with expletives and it warned LGBT advocates that they’re being watched.
“Thought you got the message we are targeting you,” it said. The proposed senior home, promised the letter-writer, “won’t be safe.”
“You are not safe, you are being tracked,” the letter read. “It is just a matter of time until the right moments arrive to eliminate you and your locations, and the ‘safehouse’ is burned to the ground.”
The Long Island GLBT Network announced its plan for the 50-unit living facility earlier this week.
Suffolk County Police say that they are investigating the threat, which is the second letter the advocacy group has received in the last four months. Kilmnick said that the tone of the letters has become more threatening.
“These letters are a reminder that we still live in a world that is not safe and where hate and violence against the GLBT community is still an issue that we need to be vigilant about and attack head on,” he told NBC.
“We have made sure to alert all our staff to be cognizant of our surroundings, parking lots and hallways to ensure the safety of everyone,” Kilmnick said.